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Hawfinch

(Coccothraustes coccothraustes)
German name(s): "Kernbeisser"
Size: 16.5-18 cm; wing span 29-33 cm
Weight: 45-70 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Hawfinch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "coccothraustes"

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of an adult Hawfinch (of unknown sex) in breeding plumage; note the golden-ochre head, the prominent blue-grey bill and black facial mask, and the pinkish-grey front (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of an adult Hawfinch of unknown sex in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

NON-BREEDING

MALE

Lateral view of a female Hawfinch in transitional plumage; note the blue panel on the primary flight feathers, which is typical of males; the bill is still partly yellowish-brown (at the tip), while the base is turning bluish-grey for the upcoming breeding season (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

FEMALE

Near-lateral view of a female Hawfinch in non-breeding plumage; the determination of the sex could only be made by association with the dorsal view shown below (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Lateral view of a female Hawfinch in non-breeding plumage; the determination of the sex could only be made by association with the dorsal view shown below (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Dorsal view of a female Hawfinch in non-breeding plumage; note that the primary flight feathers have blue dots on them, while the secondaries have grey outer edges - this is typical of females (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of an immature(?) Hawfinch; parts of the plumage are obscured, thereby making precise identification difficult; based on the inconspicuous colours and the timing of the observation, this is probably an immature bird (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of an immature(?) Hawfinch (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Lateral view of an immature(?) Hawfinch looking over its shoulder (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a female Hawfinch in non-breeding plumage taking seeds from a bird feeder (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[Temerin, Serbia, December 2015]

Dorsal view of a female Hawfinch in non-breeding plumage taking the seeds of a maple tree (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

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